Timmons wins, Freedom Caucus members sweep aside primary challengers; runoff is likely

U.S. Rep. William Timmons secured the Republican nomination for the 4th Congressional District in Tuesday’s primary, garnering 36,502 votes to Morgan’s 34,235, according to all precincts.

“I want to thank the voters for once again placing their trust in me to continue to fight tirelessly on behalf of the people of Spartanburg and Greenville counties. I’m glad the voters of the Fourth District saw through my opponent’s countless lies and recognized my hard work, my strong conservative record, and the results I delivered for my constituents. In Washington, I focus on policy – ​​not the headlines, on representing my constituents – not myself, and I work with my colleagues instead of working against them,” Timmons said in a statement.

“I am grateful to have the support of President Trump and proud to have the opportunity to continue representing South Carolina’s Fourth District. Now is the time for our party to come together to move the ball forward, make advance conservative policy and focus our efforts on reintegration.” -elect Donald Trump next November.”

At Morgan’s election night event, Morgan spoke around 10:30 p.m., before all precinct data was available, not conceding but thanking his supporters. His wife, Megan Morgan, stood next to him, her eyes filling with tears as she looked at him.

“I look forward to continuing the fight no matter what to keep this district conservative and to keep this state the wonderful, incredible place it is to raise a family,” Morgan said.

Timmons will face Democratic challenger Kathryn Harvey in November.

In the Upstate, voters could choose between seven Republicans vying for a vacant seat in the rural 3rd Congressional District after U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan announced he would not seek re-election. In a district where there is a GOP stronghold, voters could also choose to vote for one of the two Democratic candidates on the ballot.

Bryon Best won the Democratic nomination. With 100% of precincts reporting, Best received 5,134 votes to Frances Guldner’s 3,105 votes. On the Republican side, with 100% of counties responding, Trump supported Mark Burns over Sherri Biggs with 26,965 votes to Biggs’ 23,408. Neither candidate having obtained more than 50% of the votes, a second round will take place on June 25.

Barbara Melvin, president and CEO of PortsÕ of South Carolina, laughs as she sits next to U.S. Rep. William Timmons, left, during the Voice of Business brunch at the University of South Carolina in North Carolina the State, Wednesday May 29, 2024.

Many expected lower voter turnout for the primary elections, but also believed that turnout would be higher in congressional districts due to the competitive nature of the elections. So far, SC Votes reports that voter turnout in South Carolina was 13%.

Anderson County saw 25,085 ballots cast, representing a 20% turnout rate. Greenville County collected 52,093 ballots, which corresponds to a turnout rate of 15%. Spartanburg had the lowest turnout with 26,160 votes cast and 12%.

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